MANSEHRA: The residents of Baffa, the native town of Reham Khan, are jubilant over her marriage with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan. The relatives of the bride and other people of the area rushed out of their houses and workplaces as media aired the news of Reham Khan’s marriage with Imran Khan. They celebrated the event by distributing sweets and raising slogans in support of the marriage.
They also prayed for success of the marriage, saying it was a great day for them.
“We have been praying for the success of Reham Khan’s marriage with Imran Khan. This bound would also bring development to the historic town of Baffa,” said Anwar Zeb, who introduced himself as cousin of the father of Reham Khan.
He said that Niar Ramazan, the father of Reham Khan and a doctor by profession, had migrated to Libya before the birth of his daughter during martial law. Mr Zeb said that Mr Ramazan was laid to rest at their ancestral graveyard in Baffa town, situated some 15 kilometres west of Mansehra.
“We are very much pleased as a woman of our family has married great cricketer Imran Khan,” he said.
The ancestral house of Reham Khan situated at Mohallah Lughmani in town is locked. “The ancestral house of Ms Khan is not in use. It has been locked for the last many years but her family members, living in Peshawar, come here occasionally,” Mr Zeb said.
He said that Justice Abdul Hakeem, the acting governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during Ziaul Haq martial law, was also uncle of Ms Khan. Mohammad Khalid, another relative of Ms Khan, said that the marriage was arranged between the families of both Imran and Reham.
Shafqat Javed, a local resident, said that people were highly enthusiastic and jubilant over the marriage. He said that it was a great marriage for the people of Baffa. He added that the daughter of Prime Minster Mian Nawaz Sharif was wife of MNA Mohammad Safdar, a resident of the area, and now Imran Khan also married a woman of their area.
Mr Javed said that people were optimistic that Baffa town, which was neglected by successive governments, would be put on the path of prosperity and development.
Published in Dawn, January 9th, 2015